Date: Fri February 22, 2013
Show: Andrew Walsh
Hosted by Jason Rantz // Spy cameras in Alki have locals and people across the state worrying about privacy and civil rights. Seattle recently installed cameras on the waterfront, a system which was installed without the knowledge of nearby residents. Camera system is interconnected, raising even more privacy concerns. Project was under the pretense of “Port Security” // Current Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom joins the program to talk about why the government needs to go digital. Newsom states, “In a democracy, the most important office is citizen”. More and more companies are going digital, utilizing social networks and other outlets. There is a struggle to close the divide between those who are more tech savvy, and those who are not. Newsom calls the US approach “technophobic”, while the rest of the world progresses ahead of us, in respect to technology. Newsom is arguing for a hybrid between offline and online interactions. Preaches openness and transparency, which is not traditionally the way the government operates. Open-data movements have become more frequent. // Wall Street Journal uncovers how some companies allow authors to buy their way onto the bestseller lists. Few people in industry want to talk about bestseller campaign. The interesting part is that this isn’t being done in hiding by Result Sources, the company behind the tactic. In essence, readers are being duped into buying books that aren’t getting to the top 10 list in a legitimate way. // New Mexico high school students are now eligible for time off from school for “Maternity Leave”. Measure establishes state wide policy that allows for 10 days of leave. Schools must provide opportunity to make up missed time. Supporters say this allows teen parents to bond with their children. Some say this measure sends the wrong message, opening the gate for more bad choices.
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